NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 19 – Education is for all boys and girls in our country, because education is the key to resolving the current crisis and growing inequalities. The Italian Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi, sent this message today to Transformation Summit of Education underway at the United Nations on the eve of the high-level segment of the General Assembly. Speaking on a national basis, Bianchi said that the Italian government, and in particular the Ministry of Education, has initiated a national bottom-up consultation process to understand why, what and how education needs to be rethought to achieve. fully the vision of equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic and social development, while ensuring the well-being and a good quality of life of the population.
Below is Prof. Bianchi’s speech at the Summit:
“As a general result of this national dialogue, we reaffirm the validity of the fair and inclusive nature of the Italian education system and recognize the global dimension and the role of education in solving the current crisis and growing inequalities. At the same time, we recognize that the new challenges and obstacles that have prevented progress towards achieving theSDG 4 they require a transformation of education in order to support people, societies and economies.
To recover from the impact of Covid-19 on education, but also to prepare for the future, we intend to respond to the call of the Italian educational community and national stakeholders to help each student take advantage of educational opportunities and fully develop their potential, in line with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda on education. This means implementing policies to reduce territorial and social inequalities to offer the same high quality education throughout the national territory and support disadvantaged groups, including students with disabilities, migrants and refugees. It also means having a student-centered approach, enhancing the characteristics of each student through the personalization of learning paths and guidance activities, favoring the acquisition not only of skills for an evolving society and economy, but also of life skills from a lifelong learning perspective.
Commitment against bullying and cyberbullying
We are also ready to respond to the call to ensure that schools are not only healthy and hospitable, but also places where students can feel safe from violence, bullying and cyberbullying. Places where they can feel free to develop their full potential, their health and well-being, even in emergencies.
Aware that a transformation of the education system towards a more inclusive, equitable and quality school can only be achieved through an intergovernmental approach but also through the mobilization of the main stakeholders, we will continue to implement participatory planning processes, involving not only central and local authorities but also students, parents, teachers and entire local communities, adopting a whole-school and whole-of-society approach, linking the local to the national level and vice versa. In this way, the different perspectives will become a common heritage and the identification of economic, social and organizational obstacles and the measures to overcome them will be more effective.
To embrace the call of the national and international community to transform education, we affirm the following commitments:
We reaffirm our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” . Based on our national legislative framework, starting with our Constitution, ci pledge to ensure the universal participation of every girl and boy in the country in learning activities at school, leaving no one behind, especially students with disabilities, migrants and refugees, in order to achieve high academic results regardless of their personal characteristics and fragility and relying on their abilities.
We are committed to enabling all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to face and guide the challenges of more sustainable and digital societies and economies, also through the discipline of civic education and the ReGeneration Plan of School, strengthening digital education, sustainable development education and global citizenship education.
We are committed to harnessing innovative new pedagogical approaches and more flexible and personalized educational pathways, which support students at risk of disadvantage to achieve a high level of education and to actively engage in educational opportunities throughout their life.
Taking into account the lessons learned during the pandemic, we are committed to using the opportunity of ours National resilience and recovery plan to leverage investments towards a bold transformation of our educational system.
By strengthening our policies for equitable, inclusive and quality education, we are committed to strengthening our fight against inequalities, which have intensified with the pandemic, starting with measures to overcome learning losses to medium to long-term interventions. term for an equitable distribution of the educational offer both as regards infrastructures and innovative environments and for the promotion of adequate skills.
In particular, we are committed to reducing territorial competence gaps, preventing school dropout and promoting educational success, also through the use of digital tools and active school counseling and guidance. We are also committed to promote the acquisition of new skills and new languages, not only digital language but also multilingualism.
Early childhood services, a special effort for the South
Taking into account its proven effectiveness in fostering cognitive development and future academic and career success, we are committed to continuing to expand access to early childhood services in every region, with a particular effort for Southern Italyand progressively achieve universal access to pre-primary education.
We recognize the strategic role of teachers in ensuring educational continuity and supporting transformative education inspired by the principles of equity, inclusion and ecological and digital transition, and we are committed to promoting competent educational action, providing teachers with a better extensive initial and continuing in-service training that strengthens disciplinary knowledge and encourages the application of inclusive and innovative teaching methodologies.
We are also committed to strengthening our accountability processes, in particular accountability for gender equality in education and all other policies, through annual reports on gender budgeting and the annual report on equitable and sustainable well-being, annexed to the state balance.
We are aware that financial and human resources and great capacity building will be needed to rethink and transform our education system. To achieve our goals, we are committed to capitalizing on the lessons learned and transformational good practices experienced during the crisis and to exploit the full potential of local, national and international actors, through local and regional educational pacts. (@OnuItalia)